Pub demolition plans refused

White Horse Gomersal
White Horse Gomersal

Plans to demolish the White Horse pub in Oxford Road, Gomersal, and build a Sainsbury’s, have been refused by Kirklees Council.

Applicant Punch Taverns wanted to demolish the pub and build a store on the site.

And Sainsbury’s applied to the council for a licence to sell alcohol in the new building.

But planners have turned down the proposal because of the scale of the design, use and location of the building, projected traffic generation and insufficient parking, which they say would result in an “unacceptable intensification in the use of the site which would be of detriment to highway safety”.

John Appleyard, who objected to the proposal, said: “I am pleased the arguments we put forward have been listened to by Kirklees planning, that the White Horse public house, which is over 200 years old, will not be demolished.

“A number of us did express our concerns about the traffic problems which could occur if it went ahead. Oxford Road is a very busy road right down to Six Lane Ends and the site is near a school.

“In addition there is the Co-op store and petrol station opposite, so the area does not need another supermarket.”

On the Guardian’s Facebook page, Cheryl Cooper said: “It really is a silly place to put a mini market. Why don’t they turn it in to a big community centre for young and old or a wellbeing centre or something along those lines?”

Kim Goodwin said: “It’s daft putting a shop there! It’s a nightmare already with the school then Slimming World on a Tuesday.”

And Chris Newton said: “The junction is too busy and extra traffic stopping and starting every two minutes will make it dangerous. At least the Co-op and fish shop are set back a little.”